Les has already mentioned one method to assist one when using graded paper. Underexposing and overdeveloping. There are a couple of others; different developers as has been mentioned or Beers developer and/or adding potassium carbonate, ir a 10% solution of bromide , or a combination of carbonate and bromide.

one advantage of being aged you learned to print on graded paper and with limited means learned about a series of "tricks" along with making consistence negatives.