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What's the mechanism for formation of Quinol from the given phenolic substrate? The reaction seems to be an acid catalysed hydrolysis, but I'm not able to reach the final product. I guess the first step should be addition of water to the nucleophilic π bond, but what after that?

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    $\begingroup$ The other product is acetaldehyde. So where is the double bond protonated? $\endgroup$
    – user55119
    Aug 18, 2018 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ Couldn't get to it yet. Could you please post the mechanism as an answer? Would be great help. Thanks. $\endgroup$ Aug 21, 2018 at 1:30

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Here is a mechanism for this enol ether hydrolysis.

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