I've just finished a once-in-a-lifetime index, for a book on the history of the crossword! I doubt such a perfect job will ever come along for me again (indexers usually index books on subjects they're familiar with). And I was asked to put cryptic clues and jokes into the index! This is very rare, and was a huge amount of fun! I am mentioned in the text as a cryptic setter, so had the unusual situation (again, very rare) of indexing my own name.
A few of the sillier entries, to whet your appetite:
- sloppy teaching, see cheating [a 'sloppy' version (or anagram) of teaching is cheating]
- torturers, see setters
- victims, see solvers
The book is very interesting and well-written, and actually covers the history of the crossword in general (not just cryptics), including American crosswords. Anyone who is interested in crosswords will enjoy this book — put it onto your Christmas wish list! And make sure you read the index ;)