Attention Span: Solution

By Roger Barkan, Dan Katz, and Todd McClary

Answer: CROW'S NEST

The given pieces can be reconstructed to form three Hashiwokakero, or Bridges, puzzles, each of which has a unique solution. As illustrated in the example (which spells out EXAMPLE), each boat then spells out a word, as follows:

1) The boat begins by carrying an A.

2) Every time the boat crosses a single bridge, shift the letter on the boat forward in the alphabet by the sum of the two islands connected by that bridge.

3) Every time the boat crosses a double bridge, shift the letter on the boat forward in the alphabet by twice the sum of the two islands connected by that bridge.

4) Every time the boat reaches a buoy, output the current letter.

Doing this for each boat spells out the name of a noted bridge, with one letter missing. These missing letters, ordered by boat number, give the answer
**CROW’S NEST**.

Boat Number | Bridge Name | Missing Letter |

1 | MACKINAC | C |

2 | HARVARD | R |

3 | BROOKLYN | O |

4 | TOWER | W |

5 | ORESUND | S |

6 | LONDON | N |

7 | GOLDEN GATE | E |

8 | BOSPHORUS | S |

9 | RIALTO | T |