Reading through the past week’s puzzle submissions, I once again heard a tapping sound… of course, this time, I recognized it as my dog Monty’s wagging tail rap-tapping the door as he was pleading with me to go for a walk. After our walk in the neighborhood, I was able to address the puzzle and review what was sent in.
The puzzle this past week was simple in statement — please provide a response to the following question:
-... .-- -. -.-. .--- --.- .-.. ..-. .--- ... -. .--- .-. --.- -.-. ..-. --.- ..-. -.-- ..-. -.. ... .--- ..- -.-. ..- .--- --.- ..-. .-- --.- ..-. --.
My apologies that the HTML rendering done by our content management software created a few ellipsis or m-dash characters from the code. Note to self: in the future, be sure to use “code” tags when entering, well, code.
A brief search for an online morse code decoder got most people to:
BW NCJQ LFJS NJR QCF QFYFDSJUC UJQFWQFG
which, cycling through a cipher or two gets you to:
IN WHAT YEAR WAS THE TELEGRAPH PATENTED?
A quick Wikipedia search found either 1837 or 1840, and both were most graciously accepted as correct. While there were multiple correct submissions, congratulations to Tom Callaway, winner of this week’s $50 ThinkGeek Gift Certificate. Thank you to everyone that sent in a response, and keep a sharp eye out for this week’s puzzle!