14 of 22 deleted 52 characters in body

2 …do small sets of connected computers make music?

Lansing, MI (Local Area Network + sing)

3 …do they have a good supply of backcountry cooking gear?

Charlotte, NC (a lot of charcoal, probably wrong...verified incorrect)
Nashville, TN (There's a company called Nash that makes backpacking coolers...? Verified incorrect.)
Berkeley, CA (They have a lot of Kelley Kettles?) or
Killeen, TX (They have a lot of Kelley Kettles?) or
Gilbert, AZ (They have a lot of Ghillie Kettles?)
Soon we'll have guessed all 300 or so cities!
Mesquite, TX (Mesquite wood for smoking meats/foods)

5 …do people have overproductive livers?

7 …would you find yourself at the center of a river crossing?

Hartford, CT (heart aka center of the ford)

13 …would you find a comedy crew practicing on the river?

Rochester, NY (row jester?)

14 …do they add font weight?

Boulder, CO (bolder)

15 …is it impossible to make ice?

Fresno, CA (freeze no)

## Meta puzzle

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.

I think this means to take the ZIP code of City Hall in each of the cities, then drop the first number from each. After that, go around and around (mod 26) and convert the result to a letter.

98057 → 8057, 8057 mod 26 = 23 → W
48933 → 8933, 8933 mod 26 = 15 → O
75149 → 5149, 5149 mod 26 = 1 → A
89505 → 9505, 9505 mod 26 = 15 → O
36602 → 6602, 6602 mod 26 = 24 → X
01852 → 1852, 1852 mod 26 = 6 → F
06103 → 6103, 6103 mod 26 = 19 → S
33133 → 3133, 3133 mod 26 = 13 → M
75074 → 5074, 5074 mod 26 = 4 → D
75201 → 5201, 5201 mod 26 = 1 → A
97301 → 7301, 7301 mod 26 = 21 → U
98660 → 8660, 8660 mod 26 = 2 → B
14614 → 4614, 4614 mod 26 = 12 → L
80302 → 0302, 0302 mod 26 = 16 → P
80306 → 0306, 0306 mod 26 = 20 → T
93721 → 3721, 3721 mod 26 = 3 → C

Unfortunately, I tripped, and everything got jumbled up.

WOAOXFSMDAUBLTC

When I brushed off the mud,

WOAOXFSMDAUBLTC - MUD = WOAOXFSABLTC

I found two animals.

FOX and COW, leaveing ASABLT

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.

Process of formation of BASALT

It was very hard, and I hadn't yet thought of the answer.

BASALT is hard.

Where is it?

Not sure yet. If the "B" is somehow an "M", it could be PLASMA, which of course is made in Sunnyvale, CA

Perhaps in Basalt, Colorado? Or in Hilo, Hawaii?