Each of the eight letters in the word SPLINTER is to be placed once in every row, column and irregular shape. When the puzzle is finished, the letters in the shaded squares, when rearranged, will spell out the surname of a very famous person.
(In reply to re(2): Solution
I'll keep your idols in mind, when I compile some more!
PS, Why don't you have a try at compiling? It's great fun!