The metol did dissolve with no problem, it was only days later that I found it had crystalized. Frustratingly, the double strength developer worked wonderfully; my initial time of 25 minutes was, basically, cut in half. The ratio I used was 2 + 4 + 4. I'm still not sure how to proceed. Those 25 minute test prints were 'killing me'.
Perhaps someone could clarify? Dave?