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I have surface I like for a cryptic clue I want to write that is of the form:

outside-word inside-word indicator

Something like:

Fix railway without cat

F EL IX

Or

Crafts day about Monday to Friday

WORK DAY S

If these exact clues don't work, but this formation would work otherwise, please give an example.

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    $\begingroup$ IMHO, these clues do not work, because the literal words in the wordplay don't lead to the action you want. What might work is something like "Fix, railway within, cat"; obviously this surface is subpar, and there would be legitimate debate over whether even this formulation is fair. $\endgroup$ Oct 9, 2021 at 15:50

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I think that if the indicator is one that is actually used in such a way in English, then it's fair to use that way in a clue also. I can't think of too many such with the desired order of ⟨outside-word⟩ ⟨inside-word⟩ ⟨indicator⟩, but…

One is the formulation "emphasis added" (or "italics supplied", "italicization supplied", "boldfacing supplied", "emphasis supplied", etc.). It's used after a quotation that includes an indication of emphasis (like italics) and shows that that indication was supplied by the quoter and was not in the original authority. A cryptic clue that uses such a phrase:

"Faded (as in jeans) has gone the way of the dodo" (emphasis supplied). (10)

DISTRESSED = DIED (STRESS supplied)

Another is the formulation "⟨object⟩ (batteries included)". For example:

Former physiotherapist (batteries included) (4)

PAST = PT (As included)

And another, thanks to Deusovi, is "⟨outside-word⟩, ⟨inside-word⟩ added". (Indeed, there are other words you can use instead of "added"; but the comma is, I think, desirable.) For example (also Deusovi's):

"Style", he added, "doesn't look very good." (7)

CLASS, HE added = CLASHES

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