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  • Help me, Word(nik)ies! You're my only hope. Anyone know what cyclone shot might refer to, circa 1931? It's used as the title to a chapter in Dashiell Hammett's book The Glass Key, and I can't find a reference. I've tried Google in addition to some actual paper reference books (remember those?), but no luck...

    September 27, 2010

  • Could it have anything to do with The Coney Island Cyclone? It apparently opened in 1927, so the timing might be right.

    September 27, 2010

  • I suppose it *could*. But I'm not sure why it should. Now that I think of it, there's also cyclone fence, though that may be more descriptive, since presumably it's strong enough to hold things more or less in place in the face of a strong wind.

    Still searching...

    October 4, 2010