Enter a clue or pattern or both:
The Clue"I am ___, Egypt . . . ": Shak. (5 letter answer)
NotesThe answer DYING is rarely seen, appearing only about once every 1000 puzzles.
Bombing, as a comic
Declining, as embers
Declining, as a fire
Subsiding, with "down"
" . . . despised and ___ king": Shelley
Faulkner's "As I Lay ___"
Flopping at a comedy club
"I am ___, Egypt . . . "
Not getting many laughs, as a comedian