Comparing current date with start date on project plan

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I need to know if the start date for a task on a separate worksheet is in the past. That should be super easy. Compare Today() to the start date value on the other sheet. (I would type the formula, but it won't let me type the greater than and equals signs). I get an error #DATE EXPECTED. I tried with the column set to date and set to text/number. Both don't work. So I try to brute force the situation using right, left and mid to strip out the day, month and year text strings to feed into a date() function as arguments. That doesn't work. #INVALID DATATYPE. Then I try a helper column, which I explicitely set as Date. Still it doesn't work. This should be the simplest comparison possible.

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