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The only solution I know is to anchor every item, or write the caption into the normal text.
The anchor must be set at least in the paragraph before the image as otherwise the text wrap might get problematic.
FYI, I have a hideous fix, but it will work (especially given I only have five Figures): make a Paragraph Style for each Caption (one style starts numbering at "1"; another starts numbering at "2"; and so on, up to however many Figures are present. The Styles can be applied to the Captions (be they associated with anchored or un-anchored objects) in any order, including sequentially with order of appearance. Of course, I am hoping there is an easier way.
Willi, thank you for your suggestion. In my particular case, I need a floating Figure/Caption in between the 3rd and 4th anchored Figure/Captions. I could make an anchored object work at that location, but with great pain, albeit probably not as much as just making five paragraph styles, and getting the benefit of having the object float.
As an aside, when the Figure/Caption objects appear in mixed order, it appears that all anchored objects are labeled first, then the un-anchored objects are labeled after that.