Each bus can hold 11 passengers.
The Garcias  The Martinezes  The Robinsons  The Clarks  The Rodriguezes 
The Lewises  The Lees  The Halls  The Allens  The Youngs 
The Hernandezes 
Can you assign families to buses without having to split families up?
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Bus 1 The Garcias The Rodriguezes The Lewises  Bus 2 The Robinsons The Clarks The Lees The Halls The Allens  Bus 3 The Youngs The Martinezes The Hernandezes 
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Imagine you are the driver of a bus that begins its route with twelve passengers.
At the first stop one person gets off the bus and five people get on.
At the second stop two people get off the bus and seven people get on.
At the third stop nine people get off the bus and six people get on.
What is the name of the bus driver?
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