Word squares (1): 11 questions

The ten questions below each have five letter answers. The ten five letter answers can be resolved into two acrostic word squares (an example of an acrostic word square is given below). The answers which fit into each of the two word squares are mixed up at random.

  1. What adjective commonly appears after the name of the following historical figures; King Herod, Charlemagne, Peter I of Russia and his grandson’s wife?
  2. Which word, meaning “to accustom somebody to something unpleasant”, is derived from the Old French “In use”?
  3. What was Marilyn Monroe’s first name at birth?
  4. What Spanish word can mean either “clever” or “ready”, depending on the form of the verb “to be” it is used with?
  5. What is the surname of the Nottinghamshire and England cricketer who was with Ben Stokes in Bristol the night Stokes attacked a man and was arrested, and who was also charged with bringing the game into disrepute (though criminal charges were not brought)?
  6. Which musician gained his stage name from his habit of wearing a striped black and yellow jumper in early stage appearances?
  7. In the 1985 film Witness, which religious community does Harrison Ford enter in order to protect a boy who witnessed a murder?
  8. Which word, which shares its pronunciation with a female name, means “a chemical compound derived from an acid in which at least one hydroxyl group is replaced by an alkoxy group?
  9. What singing voice was Pavarotti?
  10. What word can follow Jersey and Geordie to give the names of two reality TV shows?
  11. What are the two 5×5 acrostic word squares that can be made with the above answers?

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  1. What adjective commonly appears after the name of the following historical figures; King Herod, Charlemagne, Peter I of Russia and his grandson’s wife?
    A: Great
  2. Which word, meaning “to accustom somebody to something unpleasant”, is derived from the Old French “In use”?
    A: Inure
  3. What was Marilyn Monroe’s first name at birth?
    A: Norma
  4. What Spanish word can mean either “clever” or “ready”, depending on the form of the verb “to be” it is used with?
    A: Listo
  5. What is the surname of the Nottinghamshire and England cricketer who was with Ben Stokes in Bristol the night Stokes attacked a man and was arrested, and who was also charged with bringing the game into disrepute (though criminal charges were not brought)?
    A: Hales
  6. Which musician gained his stage name from his habit of wearing a striped black and yellow jumper in early stage appearances?
    A: Sting
  7. In the 1985 film Witness, which religious community does Harrison Ford enter in order to protect a boy who witnessed a murder?
    A: Amish
  8. Which word, which shares its pronunciation with a female name, means “a chemical compound derived from an acid in which at least one hydroxyl group is replaced by an alkoxy group?
    A: Ester
  9. What singing voice was Pavarotti?
    A: Tenor
  10. What word can follow Jersey and Geordie to give the names of two reality TV shows?
    A: Shore
  11. What are the two 5×5 acrostic word squares that can be made with the above answers?
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