If you are a heavy user of thinking sphinx you might have encounter some tricky stuff that could be easily solved if you were able to actually see the indexed data.
Well, you can easily solve that now:
mysql --host 127.0.0.1 --port 9306
With that, you have console access to the index database, that you can query with SphinxQL (http://sphinxsearch.com/docs/current.html#sphinxql-reference)
note: if you are using rails, the ID of the model is not