Mysterious clown spooks Scottish village

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Date: 2023/10/21

Difficulty: Elementary A2

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Vocabulary Match

spooks -   - ugly
hideous -   - arrest
grin -   - showy
daring -   - frightens
catch -   - challenging
dramatic -   - smile

Article

A person dressed like a scary clown has been seen in a Scottish village called Skelmorlie. This person is leaving red balloons in different places and posting pictures on social media. He is using the name Cole Deimos on Facebook. Some people living in the village are scared.

The clown has sent a message to the news media and the police. In a video, he said, "Well, well, well, I've made the news again. Should I smile for the cameras with my hideous grin?" The clown is daring the police to catch him.

The clown first appeared in the village in 2021. The police know about the clown's posts on social media, but they have not received any reports about him. Some people in the village think the clown is the best and they don't want him to stop.

Quiz

  1. Where has the scary clown been seen?
  2. What is the clown leaving in different places?
  3. What is the clown challenging the police to do?
  4. When did the clown first appear in the village?

Conversation

A: Did you hear about that clown in Skelmorlie?
B: Oh, the one leaving red balloons?
A: That's the one. Some people say his name means, "Dark Terror!"
B: That's a bit dramatic for a clown, isn't it?
A: It is! Makes you wonder about his day job.
B: Maybe he's a balloon salesman.

Discussion

  1. How would you feel if a scary clown appeared in your town?
  2. What would you do if you found a red balloon left by the clown?
  3. Would you follow the clown on social media?
  4. What costume would you wear to a Halloween party?

Vocabulary Answers

spooks → frightens
hideous → ugly
grin → smile
daring → challenging
catch → arrest
dramatic → showy

Quiz Answers (examples)

  1. He has been seen in a Scottish village called Skelmorlie.
  2. He's is leaving red balloons.
  3. He's daring the police to catch him.
  4. He first appeared in the village in 2021.

Source Material

https://news.sky.com/story/clown-stalking-village-streets-dares-police-to-catch-them-12983165


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