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NullPointerException under an IF statement which should be skipped

 
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When year is outside the 1993-2009 range, I get a NullPointerException from line 10. Shouldn't it be skipped entirely since the conditions of its parent IF statement (line 7) is not met?
 
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Inspect your if statement very carefully.
 
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Try to find out what may cause Nullpointer Exception in line 10 of your code, what could be null there? Also, why do you think line 7 will help in skipping lines 8-18.
Try to test your line 7 if condition with values 1992, 1995 and 2010.

I believe you are assuming that nobelPrizeWinners.get(year) will give proper value for years 1993-2009.

 
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Thank you.

Yet another case of PEBCAK.
 
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More a tautology sneaking past you unnoticed.
 
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