I have two pieces of good news to share regarding comics and puzzles.
First, Jumble is back. It appears inside our features section, where it will have a home seven days per week. On Sundays, that section is “Flair,” one of several new sections we debuted last year.
Second, Sunday comics and puzzles have their old home back. We’ve taken them out of the main pages of the paper and given them their own section. (We couldn’t fit Jumble and The New York Times Sunday Crossword puzzle in that new section, though, so they’ll continue to appear in Flair.)
The section marks a new line-up of Sunday comics and puzzles — one that more closely aligns to the new daily comics and puzzles we launched late last year. It is chock full of new comic strips and puzzles:
• “Mutts,” by Patrick McDonnell, is the story of a dog named Earl and cat named Mooch. The strip follows Earl and Mooch as they interact with each other, their owners and other animals. Charles Shultz, creator of “Peanuts,” has called Mutts one of the best comic strips of all time.
• “Shoe,” by Chris Cassatt, Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly, offers commentary on social and political issues in a less overt way than “Doonesbury.” In 1979, it won the National Cartoonists Society’s prestigious Reuben Award.
• “Curtis,” by Ray Billingsley, follows the story of a school boy. The story line focuses on Curtis’ misadventures, as well as his equal love of food and a diva named Michelle.
• “Popeye,” by Hy Eisman, needs no introduction. This strip dates back to 1929 and follows the voyages of Popeye, best known for his bulging muscles and affinity for spinach.
Our section also features puzzles for kids and kids at heart: Premier Crossword, Wuzzles, Conceptis Sudoku, Bananagrams, Contact Bridge and Slylock Fox.