STEVE RUSHIN, HIGH ROLLERS — Toupees, tube tops, car keys, cameras,... inhibitions, and lunch. A great many things are routinely lost on roller coasters... . [W]orkers... in England drained the... pool beneath two coasters and found twenty-five sets of false teeth.
Toupees, tube tops, car keys, cameras, cares, inhibitions, and lunch. A great many things are routinely lost on roller coasters, as demonstrated by the items found on, near, or beneath the tracks. These include glass eyes, hearing aids, and — in quantities that resist rational explanation — underpants.
"False teeth," adds Ronald V. Toomer, revered architect of approximately eighty coasters worldwide. "They find lots of false teeth." In 1994 workers at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach amusement park in England drained the reflecting pool beneath two coasters and found twenty-five sets of false teeth.
|B.||Built-in low-end digital protection||TOENAIL|
|C.||BBC soap opera since 1985||EASTENDERS|
|D.||Activity seen on Jupiter's moon Io||VOLCANISM|
|E.||Pleasing pop tunes (2 wds.)||EARCANDY|
|F.||Playing card, geometrically||RECTANGLE|
|G.||Like hypoallergenic products, often||UNSCENTED|
|H.||Gear of use to clowns and fruit pickers||STILTS|
|I.||Home of Elysian Fields, site of the first organized baseball games (1846)||HOBOKEN|
|J.||Ratchet up, escalate||INTENSIFY|
|K.||What Boreas personifies (2 wds.)||NORTHWIND|
|L.||One with a hat in the ring; aspirant||HOPEFUL|
|M.||Northernmost member of the Big 12 Conference (2 wds.)||IOWASTATE|
|N.||New York's official gemstone||GARNET|
|O.||Civilian sector in wartime (2 wds.)||HOMEFRONT|
|Q.||"Crocodile Dundee" setting||OUTBACK|
|R.||One backing the British Crown in the American Revolution||LOYALIST|
|S.||Welcome call for a restive crew (2 wds.)||LANDAHOY|
|T.||Handed over in good faith||ENTRUSTED|
|U.||Update in terms of interior design||REFURBISH|
|V.||Subject best avoided (2 wds.)||SORESPOT|