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Ace party? Shame! (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

abash

Here is my best explanation:

'shame' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'ace party?' is the subsidiary indication.

'ace' becomes 'a'.

'party?' becomes 'bash' (bash is a kind of party**).

'a'+'bash'='abash'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for abash that I've seen before include "Cause to feel 4", "Make embarrassed or ashamed", "Affront", "Disconcert", "Humiliate", "Strike with embarrassment", "Discomfit", "Cause to feel ashamed", "Cause someone to feel embarrassed" and "Embarrass".)

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