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Married conditions apply in this country (6,6)


I believe the answer is:

united states

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'apply in this country' is the definition.
'United States' can be an answer for 'country' (United States is an example). I'm unsure of the rest of the definition.

'married conditions' is the wordplay.
'married' becomes 'united' (similar in meaning).
'conditions' becomes 'states' (I've seen this in another clue).
'united'+'states'='UNITED STATES'

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(Other definitions for united states that I've seen before include "National federation" , "Country, capital Washington DC" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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