ЦЕЛЫЙ _|_ WHOLE TSELYY [ˈt͡sɛɫɨɪ̯] 

Hint with an alternative definition: it is a condition of single & whole thing; think of an unbroken solo cell in a cellar (a safe place) or an unsold list of items in a store.

Hints with translation + consonant words (by sounds or letters): like a celibate (a virgin person, the whole) / safe + self VS lethal (unsafe) / like a whole jelly / celiac (safe in a belly) / a silly person is often in danger (it can’t be safe), but wise & surly person is not / use stealth if you want to be safe from tsetse fly or Scylla monster

Hint with a mirror: less tight | целый


ЦЕЛЬ _|_ TARGET / TSEL [t͡sɛlʲ]

Hint with an alternative definition: the point intended to be hit (by a missile), or object intended to be attained or affected; for example, it is like a sealed goal set in an all-center position.

Hints with translation + consonant words (by sounds or letters): «Let’s sail to…» — motto of the goal / stell’ar (star is like a goal, dream)

Bonus hint: целый > цель = my goal is to be safe & wholesome

International hints: ziel (Deutch) / telos, teleo > tsel

Russian pro-tip: цена + тело = целое тело ценится высоко / луч в конце пути, освещающий точку в центре колец — это цель

Mental visualization: The goal in basketball is the basket (Ц), the basketball player with the ball jumps in her direction (еЛ), and the other defends her (ь) / the whole object is protected from attacks from above and below (ЦЕЛ), but it is attacked with the help of a catapult and a ram (ЫЙ)