26 across: Fix the essence of life, perhaps, upon an uncommon pulse (5, 4)
We figured it was some kind of bean…
22 across: Precisely stowed bug-spray in tower (7)
The answer’s tugboat, and bug is in there, but how about the t…oat?
12 down: Medical specialist now pain-free said another? (11)
If it weren’t for the direct clue, I wouldn’t know where to start on how this could be neurologist.
4 across: Delays speaking plugging objective twist (9)
5 down: (Malaysian) … for top spots in streets (5)
Is the answer stars? If so, why so?
6 down: Teapot is a new purchase (6)
I thought this was an anagram until nothing fit and I was left with no ideas.
13 across: Say I enter order of academy (10)
Is the answer collegiate? Again, if so, why so?