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Does anyone remember the name/location of this short story?

The story is about a technologically advanced robot that guards a treasure of great value.

To survive the encounter and be allowed to pass, one has to answer a number of questions.

Some guy attempts to cheat by using a search tech to find the answers as they are asked (Internet, lol).

The guy answers all the questions until the end. The last question is less about search-able knowledge and more philosophical in nature. He fails to answer and is obliterated.

I remember it was in one of those Fantasy and Sci-fi pulp books. I used to buy them at used book stores when I was a kid.

Any info is appreciated! Sean.

  • Welcome to SFF.SE Sean! Feel free to take the Science Fiction & Fantasy tour to understand our site better. Also, take a look at this story-ID guide to jog your memory and edit any more details you might have missed out. Hope you stick around! – Mat Cauthon Jul 5 '17 at 12:08
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    Possible duplicate of this question, to which the answer is "The Sixth Palace" by Robert Silverberg – The Aurochs Jul 5 '17 at 13:39
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    You can read "The Sixth Palace" at archive.org. Is that the story you were looking for? – user14111 Jul 5 '17 at 21:26
  • I agree; it definitely was "The Sixth Palace." I was going to put that in as an answer, but I didn't know it had already been asked-and-answered in the past. – Lorendiac Jul 5 '17 at 23:10

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