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Criminal purpose in proposal (8)


I believe the answer is:


'criminal' is the definition.
(I know that criminal can be written as offender)

'purpose in proposal' is the wordplay.
'purpose' becomes 'end' (both can mean a goal).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'proposal' becomes 'offer' (an offer is a proposal or suggestion).
'end' placed into 'offer' is 'OFFENDER'.

(Other definitions for offender that I've seen before include "Culprit" , "Delinquent" , "miscreant" , "Committer of illegal act" , "guilty party" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph and The Globe and Mail.
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