Is there an analog of Primer for "second" in the English language?

If not, here's what I need help with: I have written a handbook entitled "Primer" that serves as an introductory tutorial. I am looking for an apt name of a second handbook that serves as a tutorial at an intermediate level, with the "Primer" being a prerequisite.

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    The origin of primer is Latin primus so we have to use secundus in some way, I suppose. – Nigel J Nov 15 '17 at 20:23
  • Primer isn't derived from prime, though it is related; the direct Anglo-Norman borrowing is primarium, referring to a book containing excerpts or translations of the Breviary and other liturgical manuals. – choster Nov 15 '17 at 20:32
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    As a pun, you could use topcoat (as in the layer of paint that goes over the primer). – jxh Nov 15 '17 at 22:02
  • For cars, the primer is followed by a base coat, followed by a clear coat. – jxh Nov 15 '17 at 22:14
  • @jxh That wouldn't make sense to the many of us who don’t pronounce those two words the same way. See english.stackexchange.com/q/10036 for why this early textbook sense is the one that sounds like it’s more prim, not like the one for paint that sounds like it’s more prime. – tchrist Nov 16 '17 at 0:27

Priming doesn't indicate first other than it may be the first step or steps that should be completed before beginning other tasks.

A second primer would be just that. A second thing you should do before you start doing the real work, so to speak. ("Add a second coat of primer." or "You need to read these three handbook primers before taking the course."

To answer your question, it could be titled "Intermediate Handbook: A Second Primer".

intermediate adjective 1.1 Having or suitable for a level of knowledge or skill between basic and advanced. ‘an intermediate course’ - ODO


I've come up with a few examples that you may find helpful. (I'm going to assume your handbook is about Cats, because this is the internet.)

  • A Cat and Ball Primer

Potential titles for a second book:

  • A Cat and Ball Sequel
  • Intermediate Cat and Ball Techniques
  • Cat and Ball: Next Steps
  • Further Cat and Ball Studies
  • Cat and Ball 2: Electric Bugaloo

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