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In this post, I selected text and marked it bold with two stars. But it displays for me (both in preview and after posting) like this:

Is this related to the move to CommonMark as noted in the post, Why don't images show up in a post?. Is there something I need to update in my browser (MacOS/Chrome) to get Markdown working as it used to?

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You're using a lot of HTML in that post; that shouldn't be a problem per se but I've seen cases where this interfered with the Markdown parser (even before the migration to CommonMark).

It's best to use only HTML or only Markdown within a single paragraph in your posts. Replacing **Added 4Aug2020** by <b>Added 4Aug2020</b> should do the trick, and adding a break between <hr /> and **Added 4Aug2020**. works too.

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    $\begingroup$ "It's best to use only HTML or only Markdown within a single paragraph": Excellent advice--Thanks! And <b> worked. $\endgroup$ – Joseph O'Rourke Aug 4 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ Incidentally, this appears to be the same genre of problem that bit @JosephO'Rourke in the post I wrote about at meta.mathoverflow.net/questions/4632/… , so it's good to have the general guidelines! $\endgroup$ – LSpice Aug 15 at 1:47

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