# The strange phrases - Clue Thirty

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Aha! You think, and type in the answer. Ding! The pad beeps, and opens a previously-hidden drawer. Inside is what appears to be a... bunch of strange sentences, each written on a separate strip of paper, numbered one to five:

1Yes - that is correct. Yes - I will, and that is final.

2No - it was not her - I beg you - no!

3After that, he decided that he would take a vacation - a long vacation. At a beach somewhere - perhaps Florida.

4The man dashed through the crowd, dashing around poles, dodging people - but he could not find him!

5What? Of course. Why not - I take offense that you think that I wouldn't!

Entirely puzzled, you sit down in the swivel chair and stare at the papers...

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• Does "[ripped]" signify that the paper is torn at that point, or that the word "ripped" appears on the paper inside square brackets, or something else? Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:12
• @GarethMcCaughan - that part of the paper has been ripped, and is not visible (although that's not necessary and I'm considering removing it because it's probably just going to confuse people). Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:13
• Are the strips of paper in any particular order? Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:15
• @GarethMcCaughan - yes, edited to reflect that. Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:17
• ... Ah, clearly they are :-). Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:17

This is

Clear Morse code.

How did I get it? And What did I get?

The first line gets us -.-.
The 2nd line gets us ---
The 3rd line gets us -.-.
The 4th is a tad tricky. The words "dashed" signify using dash. Hence, we get ---
The fifth gets us .-
Finally,We have -.-. --- -.-. --- .-

This gives

COCOA. Which is indeed the final answer as confirmed by the OP.

• but there is only one dash on the fourth slip? Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:41