# Fifteensquared

## Never knowingly undersolved.

Posted by Bertandjoyce on October 30th, 2012

We found this a really enjoyable, and not too difficult, Tuesday puzzle, with a ‘hidden’ theme that really only revealed itself as we followed up the connection between 20A/18A and 2D/7A.

Whilst we had heard of the theme (2D/7A), we didn’t know the details of how it was exposed as a hoax (as recently as 1953!) – a bit of research soon revealed how many of the answers were thematically connected – 9A, 15A, 20A/18A, 23A, 24A, 27A, 4D and 22D are all relevant – follow this hyperlink for further details.

Thanks Radian for an intriguing puzzle with, as usual, some excellent surfaces.

### 11 Responses to “Independent 8126 / Radian”

Morning both, and thanks for the informative blog. I got the PILTDOWN MAN/MISSING LINK bit quite early, and was aware of some other related stuff, but well done for spotting it all.

I did enjoy Radian’s puzzle – an interesting choice of theme and some clever clueing. Two of the shorter clues were my favourites today – OWL and BONES.

You have a slight misparsing at 14dn, btw. It’s URIAH HEEP, and the ‘say’ in the clue is indicating a homophone of ‘heap’.

And browsing your link, it’s 100 years since the hoax was perpetrated, so perhaps that’s why Radian chose the theme.

3. Bertandjoyce says:

Well spotted! Thanks for spotting the misparsing – will make the changes a bit later on when we have more time.

4. Eileen says:

Thanks, both, for the blog, and Radian for an ingenious puzzle – great stuff, as ever!

Having got 20/18 [what a brilliant surface!] and 15 fairly early on, I thought we might be in for a theme of hoaxes but it turned out to be cleverer than that. There were several aha moments, as each link to the theme became clear.

Lots of great clues with lovely surfaces – 9, 10, 12, 23, ac and 1, 6, 19dn, for instance.

I wonder if Radian knows that this is International 8dn-free Week?
http://info.babymilkaction.org/nestlefreeweek

On a lighter note, I’ll take any opportunity to quote the late lamented Miles Kington:

Re 11ac: “Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting in your fruit salad.” – and the same would go for red peppers!

5. allan_c says:

Eileen @4. You beat me to it on the knowledge/wisdom quote; I came across it in a similar context recently but didn’t know where/whom it came from – so many thanks for enlightening me!

And thanks, too, to Radian and B&J.

6. Bertandjoyce says:

The blog is now correct!

Thanks for the link to the International 8dn-free Week Eileen. The number of comments on the blog just lately seems to be quite low but we do hope there are lots of ‘lurkers’ out there who follow the link.

7. flashling says:

Ahhh, after Tees with his ghost theme on ghosts now we have Radian with a missing link theme on the missing link, very nice.

Thanks all three of you.

8. Eileen says:

Hi B and J – and allan_c

Since, as you say, it’s a bit quiet, here’s some more of Miles Kington’s wit and wisdom – not entirely off-topic for cntributors to this site!

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/columnists/miles-kington/how-much-of-a-clever-clogs-are-you-489063.html

9. Paul B says:

Pleasantly so, though, and a smashing puzzle to enjoy from m’colleague (hope Don doesn’t mind me saying).

10. Flashling says:

Hmm Paul B when did you become a blogger too?

@Eileen thanks for the Miles K link been gone too long alas.

11. Paul B says:

Ahh, I wish, Flash. As but a setter, nonetheless I still wondered whether my associations should bar me. The author of that other great tome, the Swag-Manual, thinks so.

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