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, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, Mike Eberhart, and Aaron Shurtleff