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1. You can actually just use a Y-cable and combine the left/right channels into a single connection. It's not perfect, but it's not going to hurt anything. There are also stereo to mono converters. Typically it is balanced audio out, but you can wire it into a RCA cable if you would like. Those are like $50 or less to do that way if you want.
2. You can damage the amp if you have multiple speakers and they aren't wired properly. Hence, my links on how to wire the speakers properly. The amp will not be harmed by the input you are using.
3. Not sure how you are wiring things overall and how many sources you have. Since you have multiple stereo zones it may require you to do some interesting Y'ing of a source or two for this specific zone, then going into the software and connecting to the unit and creating one or two dedicated mono sources if you have room in the unit. Name them appropriately and only give the outside the availability of those specific mono sources. Also, you can slide the balance all the way to one side so the unit is only playing audio through that output.
In reality, I would use an external amp for your outdoor speakers, and then combine the audio from stereo to mono into that amp to feed the outside only. That way, your outdoor source gets a mono feed and you only have to go from stereo to mono at one location - the variable line level output for that specific zone.
There are instructions for the software, and the software on the Nuvo website which I previously linked to.
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