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Tes – a negiya between the heads

Shevet Halevi (vol. 5, siman 8:9) brings a machalokes between the Mikdash M'at that pasels a tes that there is such a negiya between the heads, because they have turned it into a samech (and a shaylas tinok isn't accepted here), and the Mishnat Sofrim that allows fixing (scraping the negiya). Shevet Halevi is machmir as Mikdash M'at on this issue. But the Mishnat Hasofer (Yalkut and Biur p. 59) disagrees, and holds iykar as Mishnat Sofrim, that this isn't an automatic shinuy tzura, and in a questionable situation, a shaylas tinok is accepted. See Biur Hallacha 32:18 that a mem psucha that the chartom is touching the moshav, even the slightest ngiya "c'chut hasara" is pasul. What is the difference between the negiya of the mem, and the negiya of the tes?

zayin with a questionable head

The zayin has a tag added to its left, do we consider this tag an extension of the gag, so if measured together would be a full dalet. Or since it is seperate as a thin line from the gag of the zayin, it can not be a dalet? The difference is - if this is a kosher dalet then it is definitly pasul for a zayin! If this is not kosher for a dalet, then as a zayin it is a questionable shinuy tzura - which is dealt as a shaylas tinok. I think the latter position is true.