I think they’re changing the rules on us.
A few days ago I did the crossword from last Sunday’s L.A. Times. The theme was “Punjabbing”, so most of the “joke” answers were somewhat regrettable puns. So it asks for a six-letter word reading down to mean “relax”. Horizontally crossing this at the bottom was a “Indian major racing event”, which was turning out to be “The Hindi ___”. I wasn’t expecting this, so I’m not ashamed to confess that it took me quite a while before it dawned on me that the two answers were “Take 5” and “The Hindi 500”.
Years ago I saw a Kliban cartoon, “Solution to Last Week’s Puzzle”, of which the whole joke was that one square had a “3”.
Next thing you know they’ll start playing with spelling, or something.