It looks like there may be an open ticket on this issue:
Reading what's posted, my gut says they are unrelated, but who knows. Regardless, I would say you probably have enough to give the dev a good bug report.
With regard to getting your work done, I agree that the dumb DATA block solution is the right one.
#11929 First ask yourself `How would I do this without a computer?' Then have the computer do it the same way.
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