As always, this list is great. Thanks to all who responded with interesting explanations and suggestions.
I also found that extraneous spaces before pilcrows caused mischief in the generated TOC and other paging issues. But now I actually have a way to easily get rid of those faux override asterisks: when the document is finished, import formats from current (doc). All those misleading little asterisks disappear. Leah Smaller Technical Communicator Certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner leah at compulite.com "What you truly learn best will appear to you later as your own discovery." (Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais)