Solution to Puzzle 18

Last week I posted this problem:

- X . . . . X . . X   . . . X X . . . X .   . . . X - - - X . . 
- X . - . . X - . .   X X - . . . X . X X   . - X X . - - . X . 
- . X . X - X - X -   . - - X X . X . - X   . . . X - . - - X X 
. - - . X . . X . X   - . - . X . X X - -   - X . . - . X X - X 
. X - . . - X - X .   - . - . - X X . . X   - X . . . X X . X - 
. X - . - . X - - -   X - . . X . X - . .   X X . . - X . . . X 
. . X - . X - - . X   X - - X - - - X . -   . X . . . X . X X - 
. - . X - - - X - .   . X . X . - . - . -   X X - . . X - - - X 
- X . . . X X . - X   - . X - . . X X - .   . X . - X . . . X . 
. . . X . X . . . X   X . . . . X . - X .   . . - X . X X - X . 
. . . X . X . . X .   - . X X . . - X . .   . X . . - X . - X . 
- . . X X - - X . X   . - X - . X . . X -   . X - - . X . - . - 
. - X X . - X - . X   X - . . - X X . . X   . . . X X . - X X . 
. . X . - - . X . -   X - . - . X . X X -   . . . X . X - X . - 
- X . X . X - . X X   - . - . X . . . . X   . - X . - . X . - X 
- . - . X - X . X .   - . X . . . X 

As usual, if you'd rather try to work the problem out for yourself, then please do so before reading on!

The key lay in pure recognition, this is morse. The dots and dashes have their usual meaning. The X is a pause between characters, XX is a pause between words.

The decoded text is below:

This should be a pretty easy piece of text. It's encoded using Morse code. Dots and dashes have their usual meaning. An X is a space between characters.