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It's rude to have house-warming without one (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

insulting

Here is my best explanation:

'it's rude' is the definition.

(thesaurus)

'house-warming without one' is the subsidiary indication.

'house-warming' becomes 'insulating'.

'without' indicates named letters should be taken away.

'one' becomes 'a'.

'insulating' with 'a' removed is 'insulting'.

'to have' is the link.

This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for insulting that I've seen before include "Treating with disrespect", "What offender's doing" and "Offensive".)

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