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We need something in contrast with single-handedly, "collaborative" and "synergetic" are the right picks.

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The pivot word while tells you that the later contributions were achieved in a manner opposite to “single-handedly.” You need two words that mean “cooperative.” Note that trap answers solitary and unilateral are the opposite of what you need, and collusive has the wrong spin — to collude is to “cooperate for illegal or fraudulent purposes.”

Hence options collaborative, synergetic are best fit!
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One must pay heed to the word WHILE-- one must anticipate that there is going to be a shift somewhere in the sentense which indeed took place after the ,.

the clue- SINGLE handedly got reversed - and hence the asnwers B and C
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First word 'While' suggests contrast in two sentences. So, the opposite of 'single handedly' is the answer. B && C
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Collaborative and synergistic
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My process:
solitary -- we have an "although," meaning we want something that means the opposite of "on his own." This doesn't fit the bill.
collaborative -- this works. It contradicts "on his own."
synergetic -- this works. It contradicts "on his own."
exegetic -- no clue what this meant.
unilateral -- "one-sided," which could suggest he did things on his own. No.
collusive -- no clue what this meant.
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The structural clue "while" creates a contrast between the two parts of the sentence separated by a comma. And since the first part states that he devised his theory single-handedly in the early days the second part should point to a more cooperative work later in his career. Therefore the words are collaborative and synergetic.
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