A group of bicyclic ketones and thiones have been synthesized for homenolization studies. Bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2,5-dione (6) undergoes unusually rapid tetramethylation giving 3,3,6,6-tetramethylbicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2,5-dione (1) in good yield. Treatment of 1 with P2S5 in xylene gave 3,3,6,6-tetramethylbicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2,5-dithione (2) and 3,3,6,6-tetramethyl 15-oxo-bicyclo[2.2.1]heptane-2-thione (3), which was converted into 4 with Raney nickel. Bicyclo[2,2,2]octane-2,5-dione (7), prepared via a Diels–Alder reaction between 2-trimethylsilyloxy-1,3-cyclohexadiene and and α-acetoxyacrylonitrile followed by a one-step desilylation/hydrolysis, also undergoes facile tetramethylation giving 3,3,6,6-tetramethylbicyclo[2.2.2]octane-2,5-dione (5) in good yield. AM1 calculations were carried out on the α-enolates of bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one, 6, 5-methylidenebicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one, and 4-acetylbicyclo[2.2.1]-heptan-2-one in an attempt to gain information on the source of the enhanced acidity of the C-3 hydrogens of 6 and 7. Keywords: bicyclic ketones, thiones, synthesis.