Crossword #1 by Everest

December 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

There’s less than two weeks left in the 2500 Clue Challenge, and things are now going well – I have less than 50 clues to go!

As TODAY is the 100th anniversary of the crossword, it’s only fitting that I give you a cryptic crossword that I myself have set. I hope it is the first of many. You’re more than welcome to ask for hints/answers, I’ll post them in the new year.

I’ve also chosen a crossword pseudonym for myself: Everest. So, why Everest? Well, I hope to be a challenge, but ultimately scale-able with possibly an oxygen mask being required. And it’s a play on my surname, of course.

Click on the link below to download CROSSWORD #1 by EVEREST. Please let me know what you think of it!

2500CC Crossword

November Update to the 2500 Clue Challenge

December 1, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I’ve just sent out this update to the 2500 Clue Challenge email list. If you want to be put on the mailing list, let me know at

Hello everyone! You’re receiving this email as you’ve expressed an interest in my 2500 Clue Challenge. If you don’t want to receive these updates, then please don’t check your emails (or email me at and I’ll remove you from the list).

ELEVEN months down. ONE to go.

In November, I solved 236 out of 597 clues (39.5%), taking me to 2307 clues in total! After a good October of solving, I’m now 9 clues AHEAD of schedule. There are just 21 crosswords left, to get the remaining 193 clues. It’s going to go down to the wire!

November’s clue of the month is by Arachne (on 12/11/13): Group travel document with two pages missing. (6) Answer later!

Before I talk about depression for the month, I’d like to quickly say THANK YOU to everyone for all your donations. It has been a fantastic (albeit hard!) year, and one that I’ve enjoyed immensely. Sadly it’s coming to an end now, so I’m looking ahead for My Next Thing To Do For Charity. Please let me know any suggestions that you have, for either the Thing or for the Charity to do it for, as I’d love to do something unusual, different and a little bit crazy for charity in 2014.

Anyway, this is the Hypocritical Month or Do As I Say And Not As I Do.

I’ve been giving you my feelings and impressions about depression throughout the year, and some of the ways that I cope with it. Regulating sleep, food, and physical activity and discussing your depression with others willing to listen are all really good ways of coping that little bit better with depression.

But… it doesn’t always go that way. Relapses happen. And one thing I’ve been hiding for the past two or three months is that I’ve had one heck of a relapse. Who have I talked to? Just one person, they know who they are, and not even with them fully. My advice is TO TELL PEOPLE. To talk. But it’s not been advice I’ve been heeding of late, for which I can only apologise. Have I kept physically active? I have not.

Whilst my current work contract is coming to an end in mid-December (so I’ll have the rest of the year off, minimum), I wouldn’t be surprised if the Doctor signed me off of work anyway, to help me recuperate a bit. This is not ‘time off to do nothing’. This is time off to go to counselling, to get back into running a few times a week, to eating more healthily.

And that’s actually an important point I’d like to mention – when people with depression have time off to recuperate, it will usually start off with them doing very little, which looks like ‘they’re just having a holiday’. But they’re not, they’re recharging themselves so that they can build their lives back together bit by bit throughout their time off. To them, doing a load of laundry, getting dressed, buying food, these can be really hard work and each small task has to be taken slowly one at a time until they can be coped with.

So, please Do As I Say – talk to people even in your worst bits, don’t Do What I Do which is to clam up. It makes things much harder in the long run.

The answer to Clue Of The Month: ASSORT. It’s a travel document (PASSPORT) with two pages (i.e. P’s) removed, take out the P’s from PASSPORT and you are left with ASSORT.

Not long now until I complete the 2500 Clue Challenge…!