Edward de Vere
publication date: Thursday, February 9, 2012 (part of Winter 2012)
clue: Hacker collectives can accomplish a lot these days, but they probably can't confirm whether this British earl actually wrote Shakespeare's plays.
explanation: The Oscar-nominated film Anonymous, no relation to the hackers, concerned the popular theory that de Vere wrote some or all of Shakespeare's plays. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Denise Sawicki, Joanna Woods, Erik Bates, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, and Aaron Shurtleff