‘Sudoku’ Expert Michael Mepham Dies

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By: E&P Staff

Michael Mepham, whose “Sudoku” and “Kakuro” number puzzles were syndicated by Tribune Media Services (TMS), died suddenly this weekend in London. He was 62.

“We share in the loss with Michael’s family and friends and want to advise all TMS clients that distribution of all puzzles will continue uninterrupted,” the syndicate stated today. “The puzzles will be produced on the regular schedule by the Mepham organization, including his longtime associate, Andrew Stuart.”

Mepham introduced “Sudoku” to The Daily and The Sunday Telegraph in February 2005, after having worked on the papers’ crossword puzzles for years. The Telegraph would send Mepham crossword clues and solutions, and he’d put the puzzles together.

He attended college in Wales, earning a degree in art and photography. Mepham later went into journalism, then printing and typesetting, and then book design, according to a Telegraph obituary.

Mepham was the author of “Sudoku: The Hot New Puzzle Craze.”

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