Pasta Bridges

Q1:  How much, if any, clay may be used to give height to the bridge in order for it to meet the 2.5 cm height requirement?

A1: Clay cannot be used to give height to the bridge, it can only be used to join pasta together or attach to the surface of the platform.  It can also be used to stabilize the cup.

Q2:  Suppose the pasta bridge is loaded from the highest point and we keep loading with pennies. Then the top span collapses and the cup with the pennies doesn’t fall but rests on the lowermost level – is that still valid? Can we keep loading it till this lower most span collapses too?
A2:  Loading will continue until the cup hits the table, falls over, or rests on the platform or its supports in such a way that it is no longer being supported by pasta.