Synthesize compound A using compounds 1-3 as the only sources of carbons. You could use multiple times the compounds 1-3. Feel free to use any reagents you want, in order to accomplish the synthesis. Several steps may be needed for each synthesis. Indicate clearly the reagents used and the products obtained after each step. Mechanisms are not required.
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