Quote Originally Posted by SMBooth View Post
Yes , my point is if the OP is truly going from Develop to fix as stated in post then perhaps that's why the paper continues to develop in the fix.
No, Ilford MGWT is unique, even with standard chemicals, but it's more pronounced with lith developers, in that a lot of contrast is unveiled once you put it in the fixer. It's as if a very visible veil is simply 'cleared' and there is almost an explosion of contrast. It is not subtle either.

But it is true that a stop bath is absolutely necessary. Can't not use a stop bath.