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Montgomery Blair High Graduate To Compete Friday on Jeopardy!

Gaithersburg resident makes crossword puzzles for Arizona newspaper

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American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

A Gaithersburg resident will test his knowledge on one of the country’s best-known TV game show stages this week.

Erik Agard, a 2011 graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, will be featured on a prerecorded episode of Jeopardy! at 7:30 p.m. Friday on ABC 7 News.

Agard competed against Herschel Purvis, a laboratory technician from California and an unnamed returning champion.

Listed as a professional puzzle maker by the show, Agard won the American Crossword Puzzle tournament in March when the 24-year-old completed a puzzle in under five minutes, besting the former champ by three minutes. Agard also serves as the Arizona Daily Star’s crossword puzzle maker, according to the newspaper’s website. He works remotely, living in Gaithersburg, and in 2017 he published a crossword book titled Food for Thought Crosswords, available for purchase on Amazon.

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