I'm curious to know if this can be fixed to count only the entry words and not the mark-up. Perhaps, if the brief version cuts off an element, it could close the code instead of neglecting any html.
It is not possible to fix this, the brief version cuts the text according to the number of characters specified in the settings.
I can suggest the following - use the code $CUT$ to separate the brief description. You can put this code into any place of an entry.
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