Crossword Genius

A young lover is more befuddled by love (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

romeo

Here is my best explanation:

'a young lover' is the definition.

'more befuddled by love' is the subsidiary indication.

'befuddled' is an anagram indicator.

'by' says to put letters next to each other.

'love' becomes 'o' (In tennis, 'love' means 'zero').

'more' is an anagram of 'rome'.

'rome'+'o'='romeo'

'is' is the link.

(Other definitions for romeo that I've seen before include "Tragic Shakespeare hero", "Ardent male lover", "Juliet's immortal lover", "Shakespearean lover", "Comms code for R", "Star-crossed lover", "Latin lover", "Amorous male", "Shakespearean hero" and "Casanova".)

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