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Mineral almost exhausted in this state (6)


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'this state' is the definition.
(Oregon is an example)

'mineral almost exhausted' is the wordplay.
'mineral' becomes 'ore' (ore is a kind of mineral).
'almost' means to remove the last letter (almost the whole word is kept).
'exhausted' becomes 'egon' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'ore' with its last letter taken off is 'or'.

'in' is the link.

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(Other definitions for oregon that I've seen before include "Salem's state" , "West coast US state" , "area of the US" , "US state, capital Salem" , "W. coast US state" .)

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