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When those ten points finally die of thirst, the vulture will be ready to pounce.

Vulturing or vulching is the act of racing to beat out teammates to a tossup after the other team has negged. Though many vultures (or vulchers) still have the courtesy to wait until the end of the question to engage in the activity, some will interrupt the question.

Due to CBI's archaic policy on nonverbal conferral and the vast number of negs piled up in these tournaments, vulturing was allowed and encouraged on CBI questions to ensure that you beat your teammates to the buzzer when you had the right answer and didn't know that they did. Ever since CBI ended its competition program, and NAQT allowed tossups begun before the end of a half to be completed after the timer runs out, most acceptable reasons for vulturing have been eliminated in the modern game of quizbowl.

Related actions

  • Vulturing with an incorrect answer is regarded as pretty much the worst thing you can do. This sometimes called a neg vulch or double neg. There is no neg penalty for a second incorrect answer in most quizbowl formats, though this does exist in Science Bowl.
  • A power vulch is the act of interrupting a question immediately after the other team has negged in an attempt to power the question. Though this can result in a double neg, it is generally not looked down upon if the player answers the tossup correctly and gets power.