Failing to set background color in distill

I am trying to change the background colour in using a theme/css file but nothing I do seems to change the background colour. I know the Rblog.css file I am using is working at least to change fonts. I'm no expert on css but I'm not finding obvious tips on the web. What I have is:

html {
  /*-- Main font sizes --*/
  --title-size:      50px;
  --body-size:       1.06rem;
  --code-size:       14px;
  --aside-size:      12px;
  --fig-cap-size:    13px;
  /*-- Main font colors --*/
  --title-color:     #000000;
  --header-color:    rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8);
  --body-color:      rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.8); 
  --aside-color:     rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
  --fig-cap-color:   rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.6);
  --background-color: #ffff99;
  --bkgd-color: #ffff99;
  /*-- Specify custom fonts ~~~ must be imported above   --*/
  --heading-font:    sans-serif;
  --mono-font:       "DM Mono", monospace;
  --body-font:       "Bitter", sans-serif;
  --navbar-font:     "Amiri", serif;

body {
  --background-color: #ffff99;
  --bkgd-color: #ffff99;

p {
  --background-color: #ffff99;
  --bkgd-color: #ffff99;

The current state of play is at and I'd be very grateful to anyone who can put me straight on this. TIA,


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