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Taunt rich setter, not well (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

jeer

Here is my best explanation:

'taunt' is the definition.

(jeering is a kind of taunting)

'rich setter not well' is the subsidiary indication.

'rich setter' becomes 'jeweller' (to set can mean to mount a stone in jewellery).

'not' suggests deleting specific letters.

'jeweller' with 'well' removed is 'jeer'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for jeer that I've seen before include "Tease", "Taunt", "Mocking remark", "Deride - mock", "Mock - laugh at", "Mock publicly", "Mock rudely", "gibe", "Scoff, deride, mock" and "Barrack".)

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