This is a challenging three-part, five-quip puzzle that features the dying words of a writer who expired 66 years ago today. In Part A, (1) is the name of the writer and (2) is the person to whom the words were spoken. In Parts B and C, (3) and (5) are the writer’s last words, and (4) describes (2)’s response to (3).
Confused yet? All will become clear as you solve the puzzle.
[Note: In a multi-part puzzle, each rack diagram is complete in itself and relates only to the cryptograms under it. However, the cryptograms continue the same “code” — for example, “4” in cryptograms (3), (4), and (5) stands for the same letter as “4” in cryptograms (1) and (2).]