At a party attended by $n$ married couples, each person talks to everyone else at the party except his or her spouse. The conversations involve sets of persons or cliques $C_1, C_2, \cdots, C_k$ with the following property: no couple are members of the same clique, but for every other pair of persons there is exactly one clique to which both members belong. Prove that if $n \ge 4$, then $k \ge 2n$.

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