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A few references into the rabbit hole and we have an answer. The major reference was given in the link mentioned by OP which was Chem. Ber. 1994, 127 (2), 409–425[1], in which the reaction mechanism of the synthesis is given as follows: [...] Reaction of 33 with tetrathiophene-S,S-dioxide is performed by heating the reactants in highly concentrated toluene ...


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