Speeding up Ethereum-Wallet initial sync on MacOS X

After experimenting with the Ethereum Wallet client on a linux machine I decided to install on my MacPro with OS X 10.11.5.  I installed the latest Ethereum-Wallet 0.8.1 app from github and launched the app.  I soon noticed that the sync would appear to freeze at various points and never achieved a full sync. This despite multiple force quits and restarts.

Close, but never closer!

After some poking around I found a nice summary of the problem and a workaround I wanted to share.

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