WEEK ONE. Exit silent wreck.

Now that I have attempted more than one crossword, I thought I’d provide a quick update! Four crosswords this week, as Monday was Dec 31 2012 and the challenge didn’t start until Tuesday. I solved 53 out of 119 clues this week, which puts me about a day ahead of where I should be! I have been quite enthusiastic about it this week – and I’m still blissfully denying that it’s a whole year long challenge at this point. It’ll sink in, oh help me when it does!

It’s a promising week ahead, I have a job interview with a company in London on Monday. I’m quite excited about this job actually. I’m yet to hear back about the job in Reading that I had an interview for before Christmas. They’re taking their time, I hope they can get back to me soon as I’ve a sneaking suspicion that the London job will nip in and hire me first! What I’m saying is, by the end of this week, I’d-like-a-job-please-thank-you-very-much-where’s-the-cheque-money-money-money-oh-you-want-me-to-work-for-it-ok-I-guess-I-will-then.

DAY ONE. Exit gibbering wreck.

No, I’m not going to update every day with a blog post! That would be very difficult to keep up. But, with today being the first day of the 2500 Clue Challenge and all, I thought I’d blog to let you know how I got on with Day 1.

Well, it was a decent way to start the crosswording year! I solved 19 clues out of 33, which is ahead of the 9.5 clues I need to solve per day to hit 2500 clues over the year. Woohoo! I can only hope all days go like today, but I know for sure they won’t.

You can see my actual attempt at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mintypython/8334308805/in/set-72157632403001735/ , and all the statistics for today’s (and subsequent) days are visible on my spreadsheet at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvH9W6C-9XHRdE8tZnRmSXRTekVZbUpaRWhzN0tyTVE#gid=0 , which now features pretty graphs! The graphs are fairly meaningless at the moment, but they’ll grow in meaning as the year progesses.

So, today, I raised £6.08 for Rethink, the mental health charity! Can YOU help me increase that amount? I’m asking people to pledge 1p per clue I solve, which will be around £25 at the end of the year (but you have a year to save up for it). Just ONE PENNY per clue. That is all. I’ll be explaining why I’ve chosen Rethink in later blog posts, but for now if you want to pledge, email me at 2500cluechallenge@danielpeake.com and let me know! Or you can donate right away at my JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/danielpeake2500 . I am truly grateful of any donations I receive.