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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...

Next clue --->

  • $\begingroup$ 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? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:12
  • $\begingroup$ @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). $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ Are the strips of paper in any particular order? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan - yes, edited to reflect that. $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:17
  • $\begingroup$ ... Ah, clearly they are :-). $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:17

1 Answer 1


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.

  • $\begingroup$ but there is only one dash on the fourth slip? $\endgroup$ Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ Read the lines carefully @beastly you will get your answer. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ yep ffao pointed it out to me $\endgroup$ Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:42
  • $\begingroup$ too easy for puzzling.stackexhange :) $\endgroup$
    – Oray
    Commented May 14, 2017 at 20:53
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Mind adding some explanation of how you got the code? $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Commented May 15, 2017 at 7:23

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