This is a more advanced punzzle with a first level based on the same concept as this one. Each of the questions below is answered by the name of a US city which could be pronounced in a way that has a pun relationship with the question. These questions do not generally make use of the literal name in English or other languages (e.g. you won’t find a pair like …do they have a large population of heavenly beings / Los Angeles) so some creativity is required; a round of Mad Gab might be a good warmup.
Any close-to-reasonable pronunciation one could get out of the spelling of the name is fair game. It might help to think of how English language learners (who incidentally have an SE here) might try to pronounce the city name. (This means that puns on the correct pronunciations of places like Worcester are out).
The answers to those questions then provide input to the sequence of strange events and question that follows. The overall punzzle seeks the identification of a single city as the solution. Of course, please share your intermediate steps.
I started out looking for some cities, wondering in which one...
- …are they never buyin’ things?
- …do small sets of connected computers make music?
- …do they have a good supply of backcountry cooking gear?
- …do people give negative answers all over again?
- …do people have overproductive livers?
- …did they have to dig deep to find water?
- …would you find yourself at the center of a river crossing?
- …would you find your Wine house?
- …would someone give a terse response to a Question of Scruples?
- …would you find the Scottish girl?
- …do people take a vendor’s unique perspective on “take ‘em or leave ‘em” situations?
- …do they make cloths to protect relatively large passenger vehicles?
- …would you find a comedy crew practicing on the river?
- …do they add font weight?
- …is it impossible to make ice?
After finding these cities, I wanted to ZIP up to City Hall, where I might find the mayor, but I lost the first number.
So I had to go around a lot of times and make a letter instead.
Unfortunately, I tripped, and everything got jumbled up.
When I brushed off the mud, I found two animals.
The leathery one moved away, and the sly one asked me where I might find results of the process of formation of the only thing that still remained.
It was very hard, and I hadn't yet thought of the answer.
Where is it?
Here's a constraint that might help if you get stuck:
All cities have population >100K.
User ev3commander adds the following resource to make things easier than the constraint alone:
Here's a hint if needed:
It is significant that at least one clue in the list is missing punctuation, where it might otherwise go.
As a bit of a hint for #3,
Both the city and the pun are titles of (different) Wikipedia articles.