Acrostic Solution for Sunday, August 18, 2019

by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon

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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.

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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.

Clues and answers

A.Up-and-down diversionSEESAW
B.Built-in low-end digital protectionTOENAIL
C.BBC soap opera since 1985EASTENDERS
D.Activity seen on Jupiter's moon IoVOLCANISM
E.Pleasing pop tunes (2 wds.)EARCANDY
F.Playing card, geometricallyRECTANGLE
G.Like hypoallergenic products, oftenUNSCENTED
H.Gear of use to clowns and fruit pickersSTILTS
I.Home of Elysian Fields, site of the first organized baseball games (1846)HOBOKEN
J.Ratchet up, escalateINTENSIFY
K.What Boreas personifies (2 wds.)NORTHWIND
L.One with a hat in the ring; aspirantHOPEFUL
M.Northernmost member of the Big 12 Conference (2 wds.)IOWASTATE
N.New York's official gemstoneGARNET
O.Civilian sector in wartime (2 wds.)HOMEFRONT
P.News deliveryREPORTAGE
Q."Crocodile Dundee" settingOUTBACK
R.One backing the British Crown in the American RevolutionLOYALIST
S.Welcome call for a restive crew (2 wds.)LANDAHOY
T.Handed over in good faithENTRUSTED
U.Update in terms of interior designREFURBISH
V.Subject best avoided (2 wds.)SORESPOT
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