I've made a silly blunder.
I have created another Table "B" with all Layouts and all the needed fields created in place
and then I noticed that the "Show Records From" in the Layout Setup was still from Table "A"
Problem is when I re-select "Show Records From" in the Layout Setup to Table "B" all the field names will change with a prefix "::" and in Browse mode all fields indicate "Unrelated Table"
How do I troubleshoot this in the shortest possible method? Hope I don't have to recreate all 100 odd fields in Table "B"