Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Andrew Moore, a 28-year-old test prep instructor of Buford won his sixth consecutive game of JEOPARDY! in an episode that aired this week. Moore's seven day total was a payout of $139,800 making him one of the top 20 all-time JEOPARDY! winners.
Buford man on JEOPARDY!
Andrew Moore of Buford talks about being a contestant on the game show JEOPARDY!.
How would you stack up against Andrew Moore’s intellect? Try these bits of trivia, which he successfully answered during his six-game winning streak:
1) Category: Unique New York
Answer: Funeral masses for Babe Ruth and Toscanini were held at this building at 50th and 5th.
2) Category: North, South, East, West
Answer: This annual event began in 1987 to showcase the Austin music scene to industry pros.
3) Category: That Animal is Something Else
Answer: This bird becomes a verb when used to mean to gloat; you don’t want to “eat it,” though
4) Category: American history
Answer: In his second inaugural, Pres. Obama name-checked this New York village, home to an 1848 women’s rights convention
5) Category: Ends in Double L
Answer: Things have come to a this 10-letter word, a cessation of movement
6) Category: Sing that Song
Answer: Bono sang, “The real battle just begun / to claim the victory Jesus won / on” this U2 song title
- St. Patrick’s
- South by Southwest
- “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
BUFORD -- By the start of the first commercial break, he was blazing ahead of the competition with $1,800.
His score at the end of Double Jeopardy: $4,400, just $400 more than fellow contestant Eric and $2,400 more than Renee, both who in the end took quite a beating. By Final Jeopardy, he was the official winner with $31,201.
But Andrew Moore wasn't done by a long shot. He was just getting started. The 28-year-old University of Georgia graduate would remain unbeatable for six straight games last week, racking up enough prize money to buy a new house.
While the initial winning episode aired June 17, it's been nearly six months since the shows were filmed. Moore recalls the experience as being "really quite surreal."
"It's a really cool set, and to actually get up there and see the thing in person that you've seen on television for so long, it's interesting," Moore said. "Truthfully, I was not very nervous. I felt like I was well prepared, and once I started winning it was just a matter of playing the game. It was actually a lot of fun."
As the owner of Top Score Test Prep, Moore shares his vast knowledge of -- well, everything -- with his students, many whom aim to improve their SAT and ACT scores.
"Basically, I do SAT and ACT prep, teaching students in classes all around the area," he said.
A Snellville native, Moore received a bachelor's degree in history and political science as well as a master's degree in political science from UGA. But his knowledge is not limited to those areas. This is a guy who has achieved multiple perfect scores on each section of the SAT.
One of his students, Abhi Chopra, 15, said he likes his instructor because of "his sense of humor."
It was interesting watching Moore on the game show, Chopra said, adding that Moore "did a good job."
He certainly did.
Using much of his $139,800 to buy a new home in Dacula, Moore said he and wife, Amanda, will also put a portion of the proceeds toward college funds for their kids: Taylor, 6, Austin, 3, and Bailey, 1, who he said all look forward to the move.
Moore said he thoroughly enjoyed his six-game winning streak on "Jeopardy!," a game show he considers the "holy grail of trivia."
"Once I got a couple games into it, I was pretty comfortable," Moore said. "By that point I pretty much knew the lay of the land."
Added Moore: "It was an interesting experience ... I'll never forget it."
Moore will also be competing in the fall of 2014 in the game show's Tournament of Champions. He said he's "got a few ideas" in training for the event and is looking forward to it.