Tried the patch (thanks, Tim!) - but I guess the things I'm running aren't too sensitive to dict speed <grin>. I see a slight speed-up, around 1-2%... Nice, elegant patch that should go places! Maybe the bio-informatics people on c.l.py (Andrew Dalke?) would be interested in trying it out?
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