This question changes our rules. Now we need links between every spot.
My instinct is that the right answer will involve one of the variables that can be linked with N and T: S or V. They’re the obvious choice to test first, because only N/T have rules.
And that turns out to be true. A is CORRECT. V can go in 1.
When you put V in 1, N has to go in 2. Then T has to go in 3, because it’s the only other piece linked with N. Then S is the second instrument linked with T. Then O is the second instrument linked with S.
B is wrong because N or T always has to come second.
C is wrong because O shares no links with N or T. So there would be a gap between 2 and 3.
D and E are wrong because N and T both play F. So N and T have to be beside each other. Otherwise there’s no way to link the piece in spot 2 with both spot 1 and spot 3. We have to do that, thanks to the new rule in this question.
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