A church clock had been serving people for several decades in a small quiet village. People always woke on hearing the bell at 7 o'clock in the morning. But, one day, the big clock suddenly stopped. Nobody could explain why.
A vicar climbed into the clock tower and checked all the gears and bearings. At last, he found that the clock had been invaded by bees, and one of the gears was full of honey and wax.
A bee keeper was called to remove the honeycomb to deal with the problem.
The bee keeper first removed the bee queen (out-omit) with the whole honeycomb, and the other bees followed.
Finally, the gears were thoroughly cleaned and lubricated, so that the big clock could work again for the whole village.
Note: 'could be working' is conditional - The clock could be working again, if only somebody would do something about those damn bees!
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