I’ve just emailed this to my 2500 Clue Challenge mailing list. If you would like to be put on the mailing list, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Hello 2500 Clue Challenge Pledgers! It’s been a bloody cold month. And I say that officially as a weather forecaster. And cloudy, too.
But enough about the weather for now. I am still continuing on with the 2500 Clue Challenge! Part of me was worried that I’d give up after a week and all this build up would be for nothing but. I was talking to a friend recently and he had a similar concern, that I’d give up, but now reckons that now that I’m into the swing of it, I should be able to finish it. I do agree with him. It might be a bit tricky if I go abroad on holiday and have limited access to crosswords, but that’s just part of the challenge. I’m confident now that I’m not going to stop before the end of the year.
I solved 180/551 clues in February (slightly less as a perentage than in Janary), taking me to 455 out of 1204 clues in total. I am about 2 1/2 days ahead of schedule at this point, which means I will finish sometime in early to mid December at the current rate of progress. That’s fantastic news! When I hit 500 clues, which should be within the next week or so, I’ll send an email alerting you of this fact and encouraging you to then donate £5 (or simply wait until I hit £10… or £15… or £20… or £25!).
My Clue Of The Month for February just has to go to this: Starbucks offering tiniest bit of tax – at the last minute admitting it (5). Answer at the end of this email.
This is, of course, if I remember to email you. My memory is terrible and is very much affected by my depression. Since my depression and particularly in the last couple of years, my short memory has become quite poor. It is also better on some days when I’m feeling happier, and worse on days when I’m feeling down. It is very frustrating that I cannot appear to be able to control how much I remember. To combat this I have to make lists of anything and everything that I need to do. For example, on my current TO DO LIST (which is 20 items long at the moment) I need to do (amongst others): Charge phone. Send out Feb 2500 Clue Challenge update. Ironing. Take stuff to charity shop. Laundry. Claim £4 of scratchcard winnings (that one I really need to do, actually).
The list can go from quite important things to extremely menial tasks. But if I don’t write it down, there’s a reasonable chance I’ll forget to do it. I’m hoping my memory will come back as I my happiness increases. But I want to make the point that the depression is having a profound day to day secondary impact that isn’t directly related to “feeling happy” and “feeling sad”. It’s something that could affect my work performance, but I don’t let it. As I say, I write lists. Of course, the real fun happens when I lose a to do list. That happens far too often for my liking.
Before I sign off, a three of things. Firstly, my stats spreadsheet is becoming very interesting now. Fridays are the easiest day, Thursdays are the hardest. Maybe that’ll change through the year, but you can view all my current stats here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvH9W6C-9XHRdE8tZnRmSXRTekVZbUpaRWhzN0tyTVE#gid=0 .
Secondly, I’m going to be on the telly again! I’m going to be on the new gameshow The Common Denominator with Phil Spencer on March 11, 3:30pm on Channel 4. I’m hopefully going to be watching it with a few friends so we can have a good laugh together. Do watch it if you have a chance, you’ll be a good giggle at me I promise.
Thirdly – PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED IN CROSSWORDS OR INTERESTED IN GIVING MONEY TO MENTAL HEALTH CAUSES.
Thank you very much for reading this tome! Until the 500 clue update and then the March update, happy crosswording!
Oh, and the answer to the clue? LATTE (the letter T in LATE). A sharply observed clue, absolutely brilliant.