Regioselective Synthesis of 1-Aryl-3,4-substituted/annulated-5-(methylthio)pyrazoles and 1-Aryl-3-(methylthio)-4,5-substituted/annulated Pyrazoles<sup>§</sup>

Highly efficient and regioselective synthesis of 1-aryl-3,4-substituted/annulated-5-(methylthio)pyrazoles and 1-aryl-3-(methylthio)-4,5-substituted/annulated pyrazoles has been reported via cyclocondensation of arylhydrazines with either α-oxoketene dithioacetals or β-oxodithioesters.