a tempo with parenthesised metronome mark

I can’t work out how to get the following tempo mark to appear: a tempo (q = 40) — where q, of course, should be displayed as a quarter note. If I type that string into the tempo pop-up, ‘a tempo’ is displayed but the parenthesis is ignored. If I edit the text of the tempo marking in the properties panel, the parenthesis does appear, but the q is displayed literally as a q. I am nonplussed!

Write (q=40) in the popover, and add the a tempo text in the properties panel.

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Thank you andgle! This worked perfectly, though the rationale escapes me.