Reaching the Finish Line

<gloat>So, I’ve won the race, and I’ve confimed it with Chris Shiflett! Woo hoo! </gloat>

In all seriousness, it took me only an hour and a half to solve. I had never really cared to put any time into it, so I had only given it cursory glances. However, when I noticed that Zend had fronted a prize for it, I decided on a whim to try a sweet tactic, which proved, in the end, to greatly aid in crossing the finish line first.

What was that tactic? you may ask. Well, if I told you, there wouldn’t be anymore challenge, would there? Nope. I have sworn myself to secrecy until Chris decides to publish the answer.

Until then, will you come in second?