This is the hint.
The Times Jumbo Concise crossword has become something of an institution. For many solvers, Saturday isn’t Saturday until they have had their fix of the latest puzzle in this long-running series, whether they tackle the cryptic versions or the non-cryptic ones like those presented in this book. The crosswords in this 15th collection are drawn from the puzzle pages of The Times, this time presenting puzzles first published between February 2017 and March 2018.
For new solvers picking up this volume, what can you expect to find inside? 60 puzzles of around 60 definition-style clues each, using a vocabulary drawn from the pages of a good one-volume dictionary like the Collins English Dictionary, with a helping of general-knowledge answers designed to be testing but not, I hope, too challenging. It’s a formula that’s been going for a good while now and the solvers seem to keep coming back for more, so it must have some attraction, I think.
One advantage of having these puzzles in book form is that the answers are available on demand at the back of the book, instead of being published two weeks later when one may well have forgotten the puzzle. Of course, I’m not suggesting wholesale cheating, as you will be fooling nobody but yourselves, but on those rare occasions you just cannot think of that final answer, well, who would know if you put yourself out of the misery before moving on to the next puzzle? However you go about it, I very much hope you will enjoy the contents of the next 120 pages.
I would like to thank Roger Phillips for proofreading this volume in his thorough and detailed way. His comments have been very helpful.