Greatest Show on Earth Circus Series #1
Clues updated 9/18/05
Snoozy the Clown
Update 4/23/11 Boxes pulled for repairs.
Rod St. Helline, circus promoter extraordinaire knew his circus would attract people to his town. But in order to do that he needed a circus. He knew he could find a few circus performers in St. Andrew’s, but they’d be of little use to him now. So instead of worrying about looking for performers, he decided to find the Big Top Circus Tent to house his circus and followed the path to the Y. At the Y he continued to follow the path to the left. As he walked, he thought of who he would ask to help him with his circus. He would need a ring master, a few performers and, of course, a couple of clowns. He was so busy thinking about how his show would be the greatest show on earth that he almost didn’t notice when he came to the boardwalk. A fallen tree blocked his path, but with nothing to lose, he decided the only way to go from here was up. Just before he started to turn right at the top of the hill, he spotted the circus tent at the base of the tree tangled in vines on his left.
Now that he had a tent he could concentrate on finding the perfect ring master… there was “Circus” Cyrus Cooper, “Three-Ring” Thad Bailey, “Lion-tamer” Turkleton… However, rumor had it that the greatest ringmaster had returned to town, his good friend B.D. – Bigtop Dave! He would be the perfect ring master. He would find him at his home on the trail named after a person who shared his initials. Bigtop Dave had just moved to his new home and Rod couldn’t remember his address. At the sign that says “Enter Here”, Rod thought. “Was it 175-45 or was it 45-175? I know he lives by a tree that’s fallen arm was perpendicular to the main trail”, he thought. So he headed down the trail to find Bigtop Dave.
After a bit of searching he was able to find Bigtop Dave. They reminisced about the good ol’ days and Rod told Bigtop how he wanted to bring the circus back to the town. Dave thought it was a great idea and agreed to be the ring master. “But,” he said, “we’ll need some clowns.”
“That’s exactly what I was thinking,” Rod replied.
The two continued down the trail. A little ways down the trail and to their right was a huge willow – it was so big it was almost freakish! 172 paces further, there was another giant willow on the right side of the trail – this one, however, was a little bit further off the trail. They continued on their way at 40 degrees – just 24 paces away was a smaller path into the woods. They ducked below the net of branches and walked through a corridor of trees in a north-east direction. It was growing dark and becoming very difficult to see anything. “Be careful that you don’t –“, Rod began. Thump! Crash! Before Rod could warn Bigtop to watch his step, he tripped and fell over what he thought was a log. After brushing himself off and letting his eyes adjust, closer examination showed that it was Snoozy the Clown, who had been asleep on the ground. Snoozy only spoke in rhyme.
“Here I am trying to sleep,
here in the woods not making a peep.
Then you two come and ruin my snooze,
explain yourselves now, what’s your excuse?
I have worked all day with horns and balloons
then had to fight for this log with two raccoons.
It’s very hard work being a clown,
creating those smiles where once was a frown.
Tell me now what is your quest
Important enough to disturb my rest?”
“Well, I think we have our head clown,” Rod said…
With that, Rod and Dave decided to split up to find the rest of the circus troupe. “Bigtop, you know where the Sword Swallower lives so why don’t you find him and ask if he will help us.”
“Sure thing,” said Bigtop. “And you can find, Belle Cheveux – she can be our star performer! I know she’d be happy to help!
At this, Snoozy woke up. “I know where Belle Cheveux resides. It’s near the big hill that acts as a slide. Follow the road away from the street. Then go ahead and take a seat. She lives near a willow, but which way to go? You will find the “Lady in Blue” at her address—one—one—two. Rod, looked forward to seeing Belle. It had been a few years since he had seen his "leading lady". It would be easy to convince her to join the show. However, he may have a harder time rekindling her feelings for him.
T. T. Hilt was the greatest sword swallower in the world. Bigtop knew he would love the opportunity to perform in the circus again. He had been living near the creek, making money performing at birthday parties and company picnics. Bigtop made his way to Upper Springs and followed the trail north. Soon the ball diamonds came into view on his left. There was a path south of the diamonds but he continued north. T.T. Hilt could often be found practicing his skills on the bench up ahead. Today he was not. “Odd.”, said Bigtop. “He’s normally so dedicated to performing here. “ Suddenly, from above in the trees, Ed Overeels of the Overeels Trapeze Family flipped from a branch and landed right behind Bigtop. Startled by his entrance, Bigtop asked if Ed knew where T.T. Hilt was. “Sore throat for the last few days…he’s at home.” After thanking Ed Overeels for the information, he walked back south down the trail 38 paces. He walked over the mound of earth on the left to a large fallen tree. There he found T.T resting in the “Y” of the tree. Although T.T. was a little under the weather, he was very excited that Rod and Bigtop Dave were starting the circus again. It really was going to be “The Greatest Show on Earth!”
More to come!