This is the hint.
This eighth volume in a now well-established series brings a further sixty puzzles drawn from past games pages of The Times, revisiting those puzzles published between September 2009 and October 2010. Solvers who have tackled earlier books in this series should find things very much as before, a mix of straight definitions of dictionary words combined with a general knowledge element which is intended to be not too obscure.
I’ve now created well over five hundred of these T2 Jumbos and, with feedback from solvers over that time, have developed what I hope is a good feel for what makes an interesting mix of words to present each week. Given the geometric and linguistic constraints of fitting together entries of longer lengths, there is an unavoidable requirement to widen the vocabulary beyond that generally found in the 13 x 13 daily T2 puzzle while long phrases need to be drawn from those in more general currency in order to give maximum help to the solver in connecting up different regions of the grid. The latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary continues to be my main guide on whether entries are likely to be reasonably familiar to solvers.
As before, most of the puzzles in this volume are of my own devising but there are also two here by Richard Browne moonlighting from the cryptic puzzle editorship, two from Dave Crossland (who once again has given welcome assistance with the proof-editing of this volume) and one by Don Manley, these puzzles being the extra ones published on bank holidays.
I hope you will have many interesting hours in tackling these puzzles.