Double or nothing: The title reaction converts a range of aromatic aldehydes and allenylmethyl/allyl silanes into 1,6-dioxecane derivatives in good to excellent yields (see scheme; Ar=aryl, Tf=triflate, THF=tetrahydrofuran, TMS=trimethylsilyl). In addition, the bisdiene product has been transformed into the corresponding tricyclic compound through a Diels–Alder reaction.
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