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libreoffice writer no longer allowing two (nor more) space chars to be adjacent - how to fix?

This is a strange and unexpected "feature" in the latest Libreoffice
upgrade on Debian stable:

in Writer, I can no longer enter more than one space at a time
(between words or sentences)!

This is not like at the end of a line where excess spaces are still
there just not seen, and the corresponding number of spaces can be
deleted - this is different, where additional spaces are simply

"How bizzarre!" as they say :)

Anyone know how to revert this "fantastic" new feature?