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Poles were in debt due to what the weather did (6)

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I believe the answer is:

snowed

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'debt due to what the weather did' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this definition defines the answer.

'poles were' is the wordplay.
'poles' becomes 'SN' (North and South poles).
'were' becomes 'owed' (owing is a kind of being).
'sn'+'owed'='SNOWED'

'in' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for snowed that I've seen before include "appeared 26 [WINTRY]", "Endows (anag)".)

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