I am unsure of how to go about designing a mechanism for the following molecule's reaction with AcONa and AcOH with heat. I thought perhaps it may work as a cyclisation reaction, forming an ether; or perhaps a decarboxylation. I've tried many of these mechanisms and none of them seem to give an answer that seems correct.

Any hints/tips would be much appreciated.


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    $\begingroup$ Sodium acetate in AcOH is acting as a base, so my first thought is that these are decarboxylation conditions $\endgroup$
    – Waylander
    Aug 15 at 17:11


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